Division Details

Division Data Summary

Research and Training Details

Number of Faculty12
Number of Joint Appointment Faculty4
Number of Research Fellows2
Number of Support Personnel55
Direct Annual Grant Support$1,301,905
Peer Reviewed Publications15

Clinical Activities and Training

Number of Clinical Staff1
Number of Clinical Fellows6
Number of Other Students3
Inpatient Encounters810
Outpatient Encounters46,608

Division Photo

Group photo of the Division of Otolaryngology

Row 1: S Shott, C Myer III, R Cotton, R Elluru, D Brown, M Rutter

Row 2: E Arjmand, A DeAlarcon, J Willging, J Greinwald, D Choo, K Johnson

Significant Accomplishments

Significant Accomplishments

Simulation in Otolaryngology

Kaalan Johnson, MD, joined the division this year and began working to establish a simulation and training program, which culminated this May when we held the 1st Annual Midwest Airway Course. The goal of this course was to prepare residents for the challenges inherent to performing rigid endoscopy. The course was well attended and received positive feedback. The department plans to make this course an annual event.

Festschrift for Robin Cotton, MD

In the fall of 2011, a Festschrift honoring the career and accomplishments of Robin Cotton, MD, was held in Boston, Massachusetts. This two-day event brought experts from every field of pediatric otolaryngology together to lecture on current topics. The proceedings will be collected and published in a special fall 2012 supplement in the journal Laryngoscope.

Christian Pueschel Memorial Research Award

The National Down Syndrome Congress awarded Sally Shott, MD, the Christian Pueschel Memorial Research Award. This award is given to an outstanding physician who improves the lives of children with Down syndrome through research and treatment of ear, nose and throat issues.

Division Highlights

Dr. Robin Cotton Awarded Daniel Drake Medal

Dr. Cotton received The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine's Daniel Drake Medal for his outstanding contributions to the field of Otolaryngology. The award, considered to be the highest honor bestowed by the College of Medicine, is given annually to honor distinguished living faculty and alumni.

Division Publications

Division Publications

  1. Boesch RP, Myers C, Garrett T, Nie A, Thomas N, Chima A, McPhail GL, Ednick M, Rutter MJ, Dressman K. Prevention of tracheostomy-related pressure ulcers in children. Pediatrics. 2012; 129:e792-7.
  2. Bookman LB, Melton KR, Pan BS, Bender PL, Chini BA, Greenberg JM, Saal HM, Taylor JA, Elluru RG. Neonates with tongue-based airway obstruction: a systematic review. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012; 146:8-18.
  3. Hom KA, Hirsch R, Elluru RG. Antihypertensive drug-induced angioedema causing upper airway obstruction in children. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2012; 76:14-9.
  4. Houlton JJ, de Alarcon A, Johnson K, Meinzen-Derr J, Brehm SB, Weinrich B, Elluru RG. Voice outcomes following adult cricotracheal resection. Laryngoscope. 2011; 121:1910-4.
  5. Ida JB, Livshitz I, Azizkhan RG, Lucky AW, Elluru RG. Upper airway complications of junctional epidermolysis bullosa. J Pediatr. 2012; 160:657-661 e1.
  6. Johnson K, Brehm SB, Weinrich B, Meinzen-Derr J, de Alarcon A. Comparison of the Pediatric Voice Handicap Index with perceptual voice analysis in pediatric patients with vocal fold lesions. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011; 137:1258-62.
  7. Kelchner LN, Brehm SB, de Alarcon A, Weinrich B. Update on pediatric voice and airway disorders: assessment and care. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012; 20:160–164.
  8. Prager JD, Myer CMt, Myer CM, 3rd. Attrition in otolaryngology residency. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011; 145:753-4.
  9. Prager JD, Perkins JN, McFann K, Myer CM, 3rd, Pensak ML, Chan KH. Standardized letter of recommendation for pediatric fellowship selection. Laryngoscope. 2012; 122:415-24.
  10. Shott SR. Evaluation and management of pediatric obstructive sleep apnea beyond tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011; 19:449-54.
  11. Smith N, Greinwald J, Jr.. To tube or not to tube: indications for myringotomy with tube placement. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011; 19:363-6.
  12. Statham MM, de Alarcon A, Germann JN, Tabangin ME, Cohen AP, Rutter MJ. Screening and treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in children undergoing open airway surgery. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012; 138:153-7.
  13. Stevenson AN, Myer CM, 3rd, Shuler MD, Singer PS. Complications and legal outcomes of tonsillectomy malpractice claims. Laryngoscope. 2012; 122:71-4.
  14. Weiss BD, Dasgupta R, Gelfand MJ, Laor T, Yin H, Breneman JC, Lavigne R, Elluru RG, Wagner LM. Use of sentinel node biopsy for staging parameningeal rhabdomyosarcoma. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2011; 57:520-3.
  15. Wiley S, Meinzen-Derr J, Grether S, Choo DI, Hughes ML. Longitudinal functional performance among children with cochlear implants and disabilities: a prospective study using the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2012; 76:693-7.

Faculty, Staff, and Trainees

Faculty Members

Robin T. Cotton, MD, Professor
Leadership Director, Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology; Director, Aerodigestive and Sleep Center
Ellis M. Arjmand, MD, PhD, Associate Professor
Leadership Director, Ear and Hearing Center
David K. Brown, PhD, Assistant Professor
Leadership Director, Audiological Research Lab
Daniel I. Choo, MD, Associate Professor
Alessandro deAlarcon, MD, Assistant Professor
Leadership Director, Voice Clinic
Ravindhra G. Elluru, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor
John. H. Greinwald Jr., MD, Associate Professor
Charles M. Myer III, MD, Professor
Leadership Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology Residency Program
Saima Riazuddin, PhD, Assistant Professor
Leadership Director, Laboratory of Molecular Genetics
Michael J. Rutter, MD, Associate Professor
Sally R. Shott, MD, Professor
J. Paul Willging, MD, Professor
Leadership Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Program

Joint Appointment Faculty Members

Zubair Ahmed, PhD, Assistant Professor (Ophthalmology)
Research Interests Genetics
Jareen Meinzen-Derr, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor (Biostatistics & Epidemiology)
Research Interests Epidemiology
Scott Holland, PhD, Professor (Neuroimaging Research Consortium)
Research Interests Neuroimaging
Dimitar Deliyski, PhD, Associate Professor (Communication Science Research Center)
Research Interests Communication Disorders

Clinical Staff Members

  • Michael Bowen, PA-C, RN, MA, Adult Airway


  • Nicholas Smith, MD, PGYVII, University of Alabama-Birmingham
  • Derek Lam, MD, MPH, PGYVII, University of Washington
  • Catherine Hart, MD, PGYVII, University of Cincinnati
  • Angela Black, MD, PGYVI, University of Minnesota
  • Charles Myer, IV, MD, PGYVI, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Matthew Provenzano, MD, PGYVI, University of Iowa

Division Collaboration

Genetics; Speech Pathology » Ann Kummer, PhD
VPI (Velopharyngeal Insufficiency) Clinic-Monitoring associated diagnoses and treatment outcomes
Speech Pathology »
FEES (Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing) Clinic-Evaluating swallowing disorders, etiology, treatment strategies and outcomes
Speech Pathology; Occupational Therapy; Dieticians; Genetics; Gastroenterology; Social Work; Nursing »
Interdisciplinary Feeding Team – Evaluating safety of swallowing and treatment strategies for children with complex dysphagia problems
Speech Pathology »
Pediatric Voice Clinic – Evaluation of quality of life factors associated with voice disorders, determining etiology and treatment strategies for children with voice problems
Pediatric Surgery; Dermatology; Plastic Surgery; Oncology » Denise Adams and Richard Azizkhan
Vascular Malformation clinic –Determining treatment outcomes for complex vascular malformations
Audiology; Speech Pathology; Developmental Pediatrics »
Cochlear Implant Team – Determine candidacy of patients for implantation, following outcomes of speech and language and hearing abilities
Gastroenterology; Pulmonary; Occupational Therapy; Feeding Team; Speech Pathology; Voice Team; Pediatric Surgery »
Coordinated care of patients with complex conditions requiring multiple service involvement.
Anesthesia; Emergency Department »
Surgical Simulation-Providing training and simulation/situational awareness using state of the art simulation models.
Neonatology » Jim Greenberg and Laurel Bookman
Collaborative quality improvement project to standardize the diagnosis and treatment of neonates with tongue-based airway obstruction.

Grants, Contracts, and Industry Agreements

Division Grants

Grant and Contract AwardsAnnual Direct

Riazuddin, S

Functional Analyses of Tricellular Tight Junctions in Hearing and Deafness
R01 DC 01174807/01/11-06/30/16$250,000
Identifying Genes for Non-Syndromic Recessive Deafness - A Collaborative Study
R01 DC 01180304/15/12-03/31/17$212,500
Understanding Suppression of Deafness Due to a Dominant Modifier Gene

Shott, S / Amin, R / Fleck, R

Dynamic Computational Modeling of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Down Syndrome
R01 HL 10520609/01/10-08/31/14$759,075
Current Year Direct$1,301,905